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    37 Cult-Favorite Beauty Products That Are Actually Worth Your Money

    Whether they're $5 or $100, these products actually do what they say they will and we love them for it!!!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. L'Oréal Paradise Lash Mascara totally stacks up against all the usual favorites, but what edges it out are its low price point, lack of outer-corner smudging, and the perfect amount of buildable length, volume, and drama it leaves on your lashes.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This is the only mascara I've tried that doesn't leave a black smudge in the bottom outer corner of my eye by the end of the day. The ONLY one! It's super customizable, so you can just swipe on a quick coat when you're running out the door to get a bagel on Saturday and don't want to wear a lot of makeup or you can really build up the coverage for a mega-lashed look (without clumping). At under $8 a tube, maybe I'll actually toss it and replace it like I'm supposed to after three months." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Check out her full review! (#2)

    Get it from Amazon for $8.52.

    2. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay gets rid of even the most deeply rooted gunk in your pores to leave acne in the past.


    Be sure to dilute this mask with either apple cider vinegar or water for the best results.

    Promising review: "Cystic acne: the bane of my dermatological life, and maybe yours too? This clay has helped immensely in keeping it at bay. I do a treatment once a week (since it is a bit time-consuming), but I haven't had any of those awful underground, takes-two-weeks-to-surface pimples since I've started using the clay. Combined with apple cider vinegar, it's immensely helpful for oily, cystic acne-prone skin. My skin's been so much happier since I've started using it. You need this. Right now." —Rebecca Shady

    Get it from Amazon for $10.50 (available in two sizes).

    Learn more about the Aztec clay mask here.

    3. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder sets your skin all damn day! Any time of year, with any skin type, your foundation is good to go with this setting powder.


    Promising review: "I have used Coty Airspun powder for as long as I can remember. It was the first loose powder I tried as a teen 30 years ago and I still swear by it today. I have a fair complexion and my skin is oily. I've always loved the fact that this powder came in a shade that matched my complexion. It's been awesome for oil control and doesn't give me an over-powdered look like some face powders do. The fine lines in my lower lids do not get that cakey look, nor does this powder settle in my pores. I've used this powder to set liquid, cream, and mineral foundations with great results." —Brenda L.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69 (available in six shades)

    Check out our closer look to learn about why it's been such a great product for so long.

    4. Thayer's Witch Hazel cleanses, moisturizes, fades blemishes, and helps restore your skin's natural pH.


    It can do a hell of a lot of other stuff, too, like reduce redness, soothe irritation, heal cuts, and reduce oil and inflammation.

    Promising review: "I buy this when my other bottle is only half empty — that's how much I don't want to be without it. The smell is so good that even if it didn't work amazing wonders on my skin, I would use it just for that. But it does work! Because of this toner, my skin is brighter, more even, and just plain pretty. It feels moisturizing and clean, without giving your skin that tight feeling. I have pretty sensitive skin, but it doesn't burn at all. It tightens pores and helps with all skin needs, whether you break out a lot, are young or old, or have dry or combination skin — it's universal." —Gail

    Get it from Amazon for $9.20 (available in four sizes).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review for more on this favorite product!

    5. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer is a ride or die product many swear by to rid their under eyes of dark circles and any other blemishes with its blendable, full-coverage formula.


    Promising review: "Look at that undereye situation! It covers my dark circles and any blemishes that I want to cover. A little goes a long way, so a tube — which already has more than the average concealer — lasts forever. There’s a reason it became an immediate cult favorite upon release. I have yet to find anything nearly half as good as my TST!" —Katelyn P.

    Get it from Ulta for $27 (available in 30 shades).

    6. Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer glides over pores like nobody's business: hello, silky skin you totally woke up with.

    Benefit Cosmetics

    Promising review: "My ride-or-die! Years ago a coworker gave me a sample and I've been hooked ever since. I use it only on my nose (which is so porous that it pretty much always resembles a strawberry), and a small dab is all I need to minimize their appearance and generally make my skin look smoother and more even-toned. It also helps minimize shine. I can't even remember what life was like without it." —Emmy Favilla

    Get it from Sephora for $32 (available in three sizes).

    7. Mederma Scar Cream reduces the appearance of scars over time and helps protect your skin from the sun while it's healing.


    It works on everything from acne to surgical scars, and also has SPF 30 to protect that beautiful skin of yours even further.

    Promising review: "I used an acne spot treatment that left me with a bad burn on my face. After it began healing, I was left with a fairly dark scar. After two weeks of using Mederma, the scar had already improved so much! After about eight and a half weeks, you couldn't even see where the original scar was anymore. —Jordan B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.41.

    8. Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette provides a perfect variety of matte, shimmer, satin, foil, and glitter shades that keeps us coming back for more. Look at all of these stunning colors you get to play with!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this palette. The shadows are pigmented, blend effortlessly, are super creamy, and look really great on the eyes." — Laurachelle

    Get it from Ulta for $38.

    9. Tea tree oil is a super-cheap solution to so many issues: rosacea, acne, scarring, and razor bumps — just to name a few!


    Promising review: "This is a great product! I've been being using this the past two weeks to reduce acne and it really works! You can see the change from one day to another: it reduces the color and the bumpiness of your acne. At night I apply it directly to each one of the breakouts. It not only helps with the acne you have, but also helps preventing any more breakouts." —Cliente de Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four sizes).

    10. Mac Red Lipstick is a classic for a reason. There are 24 different shades, because every makeup lover deserves to look great in a stand-out red lip!


    It has a SUPER-rich color payoff, it lasts for hours on end, and it looks good on everyone. I'll take two.

    Get it from Nordstrom for $18.50 (available in 24 shades).

    11. Activated Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder enlists the power of orange seed oil and coconut powder to dramatically polish over time without so much a hint of bleach. Sensitivity? I don't know her.


    To use, wet your toothbrush slightly, dip the brush into the charcoal powder and dab off any excess, and then brush your teeth for about one to two minutes. Then, rinse your mouth and you're done!

    Promising review: "The stuff is pure magic. This is the before, during, and after the first time my husband and I used this product. I never write product reviews but I had to for this one to prove to people it actually worked. And I can guarantee me as a lifetime customer." —Jessica Oxenreider

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five flavors).

    Check out BuzzFeeder Kayla Suazo's review to find out more reasons why we love this product!

    12. Wet & Wild Photofocus Foundation lets you stay selfie-ready without breaking the bank. Guilt-free beauty hauls do exist!


    Promising review: "Definitely worth your money! It's only $3, which is amazing for a foundation, but it never breaks me out or anything. It's a medium, buildable coverage that lasts me through a full school day (6 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.), plus cross country practice and it still looks decent afterwards. The color range is also surprisingly good for such an affordable foundation." —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $3.27 (available in 20 shades).

    13. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch works on a spot overnight and — BAM — pus and oil will be drawn out, and inflammation will go down.


    Promising review: "Believe the hype! I waited a couple days until I was able to squeeze a tiny bit out, then tried the patch. I left it on for 12 hours, and it diminished the size and redness of the bump! It seems too good to be true, but it's not!" —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $4.96.

    Read even more about these pimple patches (plus some amazing photos) here.

    14. Maybelline Makeup SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick packs a punch of powerful pigment with a non-drying, non-tacky formula that applies precisely and lasts through meal after meal. Never compromising again!

    Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed, Maybelline

    Promising review: "Um, what!? I have been looking for the right long wear lipstick for forever. I've tried those dual 24-hour ones with the gloss on the other end and they make my lips peel — plus color cracks and fade. But this! I loved it so much I bought three colors and would have bought more if I thought I'd wear any others. I tested it on my hand and left the store, when it stayed three days later I bought one. After that I was in love!" —Jason

    Get it from Amazon for $6.76 (available in 20 colors).

    Find out more about these Maybelline products we just really love!

    15. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation minimizes your pores and maximizes your budget.

    Promising review: "I live by this foundation! I use more than one shade because, I contour and highlight with them as well. If you are oily, you need to mattify your skin first. If you need more converge, you can definitely double the layer with this without it looking to cakey!" —Nika Leverett

    Get it from Amazon for $5.64 (available in 41 shades).

    16. Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liner doesn't skip, smudge, or run. Where you put it is where it stays (all day)!


    Promising review: "This is the best eyeliner I have yet to try. I went to a water park and spent the whole day there. I got to the hotel and checked my eyeliner and it was still intact! It didn't fade even a little bit. I haven't used any other eyeliner since then. It also has the perfect size brush. I love it." —M. V

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in 12 colors).

    FYI, this won best mid-price liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    17. O'Keefe's Working Hands cream saves you from cracked and drying skin, and over 7,000 Amazon reviewers swear by it!

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get a 3.4-ounce jar from Amazon for $6.49 (available in packs 1–12).

    18. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade has gained a massive cult following and for good reason: its creamy, waterproof formula makes it easy to get precise, full brows that look as natural or dramatic as you want.


    Promising review: "My eyebrows are sad victims of the super thin brow trend of the late nineties and this product makes them full and flawless every damn time." —Christina K.

    Get it from Sephora for $18 (available in 11 shades).

    19. Or Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil is a stand-out favorite for beauty gurus and beginners alike. Its fine tip easily creates hair-like strokes and the attached spoolie helps craft the perfect brow every time.


    Promising review: "I usually buy AB products through another store and was excited to see this offered in Ulta. I have been wanting to try this pencil for a long time. It definitely lives up to the hype and is the best eyebrow pencil. This is a must for every makeup bag." —Angelamt

    Get it from Ulta for $21 (available in 10 shades).

    20. Bio Oil prevents scarring and evens out discoloration with its hypoallergenic formula. Plus, it won't break you out further!


    That's right — this non-greasy skin oil is also noncomedogenic.

    Promising review: "I swear by this product. It's very effective on discolored skin from scarring: a breakout ravaged the lower part of my face, and I was pretty sure it was going to leave hideous scarring behind. I bought this and started applying it when I started scabbing and still haven't stopped using it. Just check out my before and after really works." —twitch

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92 (available in three sizes).

    Check out this closer look for more on why we love it!

    21. Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter hit the beauty scene and made a huge splash with its formula, shade range, and cream-to-powder formula.


    Promising review: "Our girl Riri really thought about us when she created this highlighter. I've heard a lot about Trophy wife but this champagne color is to die for!! The product applies smoothly on the face and it's highly pigmented so a little goes a long way!" —deniseplease

    Get it from Sephora for $34 (available in six shades).

    22. Laura Mercier Translucent Powder keeps your face set and ready to go 👏all 👏day 👏long! Got oily skin? Invest in this powder so you can go about your day and not worry about melting off your makeup anymore!

    Laura Mercier

    Promising review: "I love this translucent powder! It makes everything set without looking like I'm wearing caked on powder...flawless! I compared other brands to this before choosing Laura Mercier. You won't regret it!" —KristainSB

    Get it from Sephora for $38 (available in two colors).

    23. CeraVe moisturizing cream helps restore a protective skin barrier for people with dry skin. This is a miracle product for dryness, itchiness, and breakouts. Use it all year long for results that last!


    This hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, fragrance-free face cream is made with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to provide nongreasy 24-hour hydration.

    Promising review: "If you are doubting this product, stop what you are doing and buy it right now. It WILL change your life. I had SEVERE eczema on my face and it was incredibly painful: I had red, inflamed, itchy, flaky skin. I tried everything, from organic to high-priced products, and nothing worked until I picked up a $2 sample of this at Walgreens after reading the reviews online. Well, it is a miracle product. My face feels amazing. I use it twice daily, and my eczema is gone. It has also diminished my acne breakouts by 98%. I also want to add that I didn't get anything for free or was asked to do this review, I just honestly needed to share my experience." —Susana Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $14.31 (available in three sizes).

    24. Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow is the liquid glitter eyeshadow everyone is obsessed with (including me)! It's so easy to use and the sparkle pay off is beyond stunning. 10/10 eye def recommend.


    Promising review: "Best glitter shadows on the market! I have five colors and all are gorgeous. Surprisingly blendable for a liquid and minimal fallout of the glitter, almost none. The formula is great and. You don't have to worry about glitter primer. Stays all day." —Kaytlen

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    25. Nars Blush keeps winning all the beauty awards and for good reason! This cult classic fave has iconic shades like Orgasm and Bumpy Ride (where do I sign up?!).


    Promising review: "This is absolutely the best blush ever! I totally understand why its the best selling blush in the world. Suitable for all skin tones!" —sweetaspiexxx

    Get it from Sephora for $39 (available in 16 shades).

    26. Tend Skin magically makes you forget razor bumps, skin irritation, and ingrown hairs were ever a thing.


    Promising review: "I think this is one of the best inventions, other than Velcro, in the last 30 years. It solves so many problems. I've been using it for as long as I can remember and I can't live without it! I use it for razor bumps on my bikini line and underarms, and I've even been known to use it on a breakout. It's an amazing product!" —RP

    Get an 8-ounce bottle from Amazon for $20.89.

    Find out more about this awesome product!

    27. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara grabs, separates, lifts, and curls your lashes to the GODS!

    Benefit Cosmetics

    Promising review: "This is the best mascara. It curls your lashes up and makes them look amazing. It's great for going out or even doing a natural eye look because it doesn't look or feel super heavy." —Sammiedawn

    Get it from Ulta for $24.

    28. Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter adds the most luxurious shine to your cheekbones, nose, and eyelids. Honestly, put this anywhere and you're golden!


    Promising review: "Obsessed with this highlighter! It is blinding and looks beautiful on bronzed skin. I was a little nervous the color would be too gold for me but when I applied it, it blended out to the perfect glow. Will be my go-to this summer!" —Riley

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50 (available in four colors).

    Check out our other favorite products in this Maybelline review roundup!

    29. Humane Acne Wash is formulated with 10% benzoyl peroxide cleanser that's totally vegan-friendly. Basically the only thing this wash is cruel to... is acne.


    Promising review: "This is a miracle product for adult acne! I've spent so much money on different products and prescriptions throughout the years, and nothing has consistently worked. To my great surprise I started seeing improvements to my face within the first three days of using this. Three weeks later, I could cry because I'm so happy with how my skin looks!" —Frances25

    Get it from Amazon for $20.85.

    30. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater gives your face the perfect pick-me-up. Hello, hydration! My skin needs you.

    mariobadescu / Via

    This spray (which contains herbal extracts, rosewater, and aloe) can be used to hydrate your face without ruining your makeup.

    Promising review: "I love this product! It's amazing to use in the morning, at night, or any time during the day — it helps my face feel fresh and moisturized. Plus, it smells amazing. This is my second time buying this product and I'll continue to buy it in the future." —Madalyn

    Check out this BuzzFeeder's closer look for more on this amazing facial spray!

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in five sizes).

    31. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer has been smoothing out pores everywhere! It's prime time you gave your makeup the base coat it deserves!


    Promising review: "Love the simple tube, easy to use, unscented, travel friendly. Good for sensitive skin. A little goes a long way. Can’t miss with this basic primer product." —Trixxi

    Get it from Nordstrom for $36 (available in two sizes).

    32. Baby Foot peel removes years of dead skin from your feet, leaving you feeling like you spent a week at the spa. Worth every penny!

    Caleb Chin / Amazon

    Promising review: "WOAH! It definitely works! Disgusting yet gratifying. Mine didn't REALLY start peeling until about day five and I'll admit I was really bad about pulling it off as I saw it coming as opposed to letting it slough off naturally, but it still worked great. As others have said, just make sure to soak daily for at least 10 mins. Made a big difference, especially as the skin started lifting off. No pain or discomfort at all (just don't peel anything that isn't already coming off naturally). Even the tops of your feet and toes where you don't think it's that dry are going to peel, so don't be surprised" —Wildflower

    Get it from Amazon for $15.10.

    You know you want to see more amazing before & after photos, so check out This Exfoliating Foot Peel Is The Definition Of Gross But Satisfying!

    33. Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick leaves your lips pigmented, weightless, and with a pop of color seen across the room! Rihanna, where you at? Because these lippies have our hearts.

    Promising review: "Truly a great formula. Last all through the night didn't have to re-apply after dinner!" —MelanieW1

    Get it from Sephora for $18 (available in 14 shades).

    Btw, this won best mid-price matte lipstick on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    34. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser gently dissolves all the makeup and grime on your face without stripping your natural oils or irritating your skin with harsh exfoliants.


    Psst, this cleanser is made from cleaning agents found in contact solution!

    Promising review: "Honestly, this is one of the best cleansers and makeup removers I have ever used! It's really gentle on my skin, doesn't sting my eyes, and is really good at removing grime!" —Holly

    Get it from Glossier for $18.

    Learn about even more Glossier products we absolutely love.

    35. Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray is a staple in any beauty guru's arsenal because if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    Promising review: "This stuff is magic. My oily skin and eyelids are a recipe for melty makeup within 8-10 hours, and just a couple of spritzes of this keeps melty face at bay. For about a minute or so it feels wet on your face; just don't mess with your face for that time and then you're good to go. Thanks again, UD!" —jroads

    Get it from Sephora for $32 (available in three sizes).

    36. Eve Lom Rescue Mask saves the day when you wake up with unwanted breakouts. It's a holy grail go-to with an award-winning formula!

    Eve Lom

    Promising review: "This is so far the best cleansing mask I've used. (I've tried several of the most popular cleansing masks in the market.) I have combination skin. This mask cleanses out most of the whiteheads and blackheads on my nose without drying out my skin — and guess what — it helps to relief cold symptoms as well. It contains camphor, which reduces coughing and makes you breath better. It's a great product. It does what it says, and comes with an extra function." —Ina1984

    Get it from Sephora for $85.

    Take my money! (worth it)

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